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Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Birch Aquarium at Scripps is the public exploration center for the world-renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.

Perched on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the aquarium features more than 60 habitats of fishes and invertebrates from the cold waters of the Pacific Northwest to the tropical waters of Mexico and beyond. An interactive museum showcases research discoveries by Scripps scientists on climate, earth and ocean science. The mission of Birch Aquarium is to provide ocean science education, to interpret Scripps research and to promote ocean conservation.

Birch Aquarium provides ocean science education through creative exhibits, programs and activities designed to help people use critical thinking, and to make science relevant to their daily lives.

Birch Aquarium interprets Scripps Institution of Oceanography research, emphasizing the interdisciplinary nature of the science used to study Earth, and inspiring public support of scientific endeavors.

Birch Aquarium promotes conservation through education and research, believing that with increased understanding of the ocean, people will respect and protect the marine environment.

Admission Rates
- Adult: $18.50
- Child (3 - 17): $14.00
- Senior (60+): $15.50
- Students or UCSD Staff with ID: $15
- Ages 2 and under: Free
- Active duty, reserve, veteran/retired US military ID holders receive $2 off each ticket.

Upcoming event at Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Toddler Time: Little Aquarium Artists At Birch Aquarium

  • Wednesday, December 18, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Included with aquarium admission. This is an outdoor event that is subject to weather and may be canceled due to rain. Please check for updates on our website or Facebook event page if rain is in the forecast. Our popular toddler series is back! From storytime and live music, to art activities or animal interactions, Toddler Time is a fun and engaging event for our littlest guests ages 5 and ... Read more

All upcoming events at Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Birch Aquarium’s Seas ‘n’ Greetings Starts December 1, 2019

Cephalopod Celebration At Birch Aquarium!Starts February 8, 2020

Seadragons & Seahorses Now Open At Birch Aquarium Starts May 17, 2019

Whale Watching With Birch AquariumStarts December 14, 2019

Toddler Time: Little Aquarium Artists At Birch AquariumDecember 18, 2019

Birch Aquarium’s Turtleversary! January 11, 2020

Tidepooling Adventures With Birch Aquarium!January 11, 2020

Birch Aquarium’s Perspectives Lecture: Shark GeekJanuary 13, 2020

Birch Aquarium’s Perspectives Lecture: Squid Pro QuoFebruary 10, 2020

Past events

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Business hours

Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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